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People’s project

When a check dam in Jharkhand was washed away, the villagers affected by it did not go to the government to rebuild it. Instead they did it themselves in three weeks. Now, they are planning to build eight more dams, says Santosh H K Narayan

Hail Hippocrates

A group of young doctors landed in a dusty village called Ganiyari, now in Chhattisgarh, 10 years ago to provide quality healthcare to locals. Today, they are the pride of medical profession

Rural focus

Ajay Chatruvedi, who gave up a lucrative job abroad, has been focusing in rural India, changing the lives of villagers by setting up BPOs for women and trying to run the centres with gobar gas and solar power. Kavita Kanan Chandra reports

This-able man

Sai Prasad Vishwanathan, India's first disabled skydiver, will add another feather to his cap when he goes to Antarctica in 2013 as the first Indian with disability to visit the icy continent

People's hero

People magazine of the Time magazine group, which usually features celebrities and film stars, has profiled Anand Kumar, founder of Super 30, hailing him as a ‘People’s Hero’. A report  

Kids' garden

When he was a child, his mother did not want him. Now, Lobsang Phuntsok is more than a mother to 82 children, who had been abandoned and abused. Madhu Gurung meets the monk, whose name means kind heart, at his orphanage in Arunachal Pradesh

 
Firmly rooted

An MBA holding a job with ITC, Jaya Prakash Dabral should have been climbing the corporate ladder at the age of 35. But he went back to his roots, the place where he hailed from, and saved trees from being felled, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Green restorers

Thanks to the conservation efforts of a group of women, forest cover has gone up by 63 percent in a village in Odisha, which was devastated by the 1999 super cyclone, says Richa Sharma

Change makers

Village volunteers or Gramdoots have changed the government machinery - to work for the people - in around 1,000 villages of Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, says Aparna Pallavi

Lady Tarzan

In the jungles of Muthurkham Chaura and Kadel Pahar in Jharkhand, which is a Maoist corridor and haven for timber mafia, there roams a 42-year-old woman, Chami Devi Murmu, whom the locals fondly call ‘Lady Tarzan’. Saadia Azim tells us why

Tiger grower

Bringing back the roar to Panna Tiger Reserve, which had no wild cat prowling in 2009, was a task cut out for R S Murthy. Akash Bisht tells the story of how the IFS officer raised the tiger count at the park from zero to 17 in just 2 years

A mariner's tale

Lt. Commander Abhilash Tomy, is set to circumnavigate the globe solo, without dropping anchor once, to become the first Indian to do the 22,000-nautical mile journey, says Mayank Singh

 
Doctor is in

Ever since he started practice in the 1960s, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee has been charging just Rs 5 as consultation fee. Now at the age of 75, every day he sees up to 50 poor patients, who come from all over Jharkhand, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Battling the guns

Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, works with women family members of victims of violence and helps them stand on their feet

Heroes in trouble

Two students in a school in Assam who had received the National Bravery Award for nabbing a militant who had killed their teacher are now barely making ends meet as daily wage earners

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